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Author: Melinda LaJudice

Discounted Trees for Boulder County Residents

Have Fun, Plant a Tree, and Conserve Energy!
There’s no better time to plant a tree than this spring, in celebration of Earth Day! Boulder County’s EnergySmart Program, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation, is offering a limited number of heavily-discounted trees to residents beginning April 22. By planting a tree in the right place around your home, you can reduce energy consumption by up to 20% each year. The benefits don’t stop at cost savings; trees improve air quality, reduce your carbon footprint, increase storm water filtration, and provide an urban cooling effect for your community and generations to come!


  • Over 600 trees available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Choose from 5 different tree species options
  • $25 per tree – 1 tree per household
  • 2 pickup events – Boulder & Longmont
  • This offer ends May 8 2019 or while supply lasts, so reserve your tree today!

Visit to reserve your tree today!



2-hour CO119 Closures Begin Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 17, through Friday, April 19, rock removal activities will result in a full closure of CO119 – Boulder Canyon Drive; for 2 hours at a time, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

During the 2-hour closure the Canyon will be closed from Nederland (near Hurricane Hill) to the Boulder City limits (CO119 and Arapahoe Drive). The rock removal work will occur between mile post 39-41. The closure areas will be monitored by Boulder County Sheriff and traffic control flaggers. Access to personal property within the canyon will be allowed to local residents between Nederland and Fourmile Canyon.

Trail Closure
The Boulder Canyon Trail, from Boulder Canyon trail head to the Fourmile Canyon trail head, will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Creek Closure

The Boulder Canyon Creek, that is adjacent to the highway, will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.


The 2-hour long full closures of CO119, Boulder Canyon Drive, have NOT started – when they do, you can  receive notices of the Boulder Canyon full closures via SMS text.

You can subscribe to the texting alert service by texting the word canyon to 313131 .

Frequently Asked Questions About the Texting Service

If I sign up for the texting alerts, will I still receive emails from the Public Information Team?

Yes, we will continue to send out emails in advance of the full and partial closures. If all you need are the full closure alerts, you can send us an email to be removed from the email list.

Will the texting service tell me about ALL of the closures in the canyon?

The text alerts will only let you know specifically about the 2-hour long, full closures of CO119.

How will I know if I have successfully signed up?

When you text the word canyon to the number 313131, you will receive a confirmation text message letting you know that you are signed up.
If you do not receive a text back from us within 5 minutes, please try checking your text message, and sending the message again.

What is the cost to sign up for the text alerts?

Signing up for the service is provided at no additional cost to you. Depending on your phone plan, you may incur message and data rate fees to receive the text alerts.
To minimize the messaging fees we will keep the text messages short.

How often should I expect to receive text alerts?

We plan to send a text once a day, on the day before a closure is planned. Some text alerts may be sent on Sundays to let you know about rock blasting planned on Monday. We also plan to use this service to communicate unplanned emergency closures.

How long will I receive text alerts?

The rock blasting on CO119 is scheduled from mid-April through August of 2019.

We plan to keep the text alert service through August 2019.

If I sign up for text alerts, how do I turn them off?

Just send a text that says “STOP canyon” to 313131. You’ll receive a one-time opt-out confirmation text.

Please don’t text and drive.

Let us know if you have additional questions about the texting service.


Winter Storm Update, 12:45pm Mountain, 4/10/19

Rain has begun to change to snow in the northern part of Xcel Energy’s service territory, from Ft. Collins and Greeley, down I-25, in Boulder and in the foothills, where snow is falling at a very high rate. As of this update, no storm-related outages are reported. Snow is likely for the Denver metro area by 2pm and stronger wind gusts will occur around that time until early tomorrow morning.

Snow will continue to become more widespread and heavy this afternoon. Conditions are expected to deteriorate very quickly when the rain changes to snow. Roads will become snow- and slush-covered, leading to slippery conditions this afternoon and evening. Windy, with a north wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds gusts as high as 41 mph.


Xcel Energy’s crews, including additional personnel from around our system, are in place as we continue to monitor conditions. Updates, as necessary.



  • If you have an outage, please call it in at 800-895-1999
  • Stay away from downed power lines
  • If the snow or a tree takes down the electric service line that comes to your home, you will need to hire an electrician to repair it
  • Keep snow drifts clear of gas meters
  • Xcel Energy storm information page:

Update:  Public Assistance Needed to Identify Human remains found in Mud Lake Open Space near Nederland

Update:  Human remains found in Mud Lake Open Space near Nederland

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For Immediate Release

April 8, 2019

Media Contact

Public Information Unit, 303-441-1500

Update:  Human remains found in Mud Lake Open Space near Nederland

Facial reconstruction completed, public asked for their assistance

Boulder County, Colo. – On October 2, 2017, a hiker discovered partial human remains at the Mud Lake Open Space property located in unincorporated Boulder County. On April 26, 2018, a human mandible was found in the same general area the skull was discovered and was confirmed to be part of the same skeletal remains.

The DNA profile was entered in the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), the FBI’s National DNA Index System (NDIS), into the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), and the DNA profile was tested periodically; however the remains have yet to be identified.

The skull was sent to University of North Texas for further testing. Their analysis showed the decedent was most likely male, of mixed ancestry closely associated with derived European ancestry and age is broadly estimated to be 30-60 years. In addition, a facial reconstruction was completed by Community Service Officer Beth Buchholtz, with the Longmont Police Department.

Investigators from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and the Boulder County Coroner’s Office are asking that if a member of the public has information about this case, to please contact Laurissa Lampi, Lead Investigator with the Coroner’s Office at 303-441-3535 or

The previous press release on this case can be found on our website.

The associated Boulder County Sheriff’s Office case number is: #17-5782.


/s/ Carrie Haverfield, Public Information Specialist

Mud Lake Skull